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Premier’s Award for VCE English


On Wednesday June 3rd, I was presented with the Premier’s Award for VCE English.

It was with great honour that I accepted this award, not only for myself but on behalf of all those who supported me and helped me to succeed. My family, in particular my parents and sister, did more for me than I know. I’m sorry that so often I would come home in a foul mood, and I am incredibly grateful for the immeasurably numerous contributions you made to my schooling, sanity and wellbeing throughout VCE. 

All of my teachers, not just in year 12 but throughout my schooling, deserve a mention as well. A few in particular have been particularly exceptional, providing the right learning environment to not just encourage competence but inspire passion.

My classmates were a constant source of inspiration. The dedication in the face of adversity (VCE) that so many of them maintained through ups and downs was simply astonishing. Not only that, but so many of them were always willing to help with any problems I had. One of the greatest resources VCE students can draw upon is those around them.

I would like to extend a special thank you to the school itself. Princes Hill has always valued the kind of free thinking, expression and awareness that is so integral to my understanding of the world. The emphasis upon education for the sake of learning, and developing an extended world view, rather than simply spoon-feeding for exam scores, is beyond valuable. It is defining. To all you current VCE students, or more precisely, the 5 of you that are reading the newsletter for the first time in years in a desperate attempt to avoid more work, take note. In the stress-inducing months to come, search for the curiosity and hunger for knowledge within yourself. Care about what you learn, and it will ingrain itself upon your mind with ease. And what you will have gained is far more significant than any scores which come your way.

Gabe Dwyer - Class of 2014.



Princes Hill Poetic Pair on Podium

TWO Princes Hill Secondary College students have finished in the top three in an international writing competition. Year 9 students Bella and Bethany finished second and third, respectively, in the recent Robert Burns World Federation’s International Writing Competition.
The competition was based on the life and poetry of 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns, who is regarded as the national poet of Scotland. It was the first time two Melbourne students entered the annual event, which is open to students up to the age of 16.
Melbourne federal Greens MP Adam Bandt and the Robert Burns Club of Melbourne members recently attended an assembly at Princes Hill Secondary College to present the students with their awards.

 2016 Year 7 Student Enrolments

Please find below information about: 1) school tours, 2) Information sessions, 3) enrolment information and timeline. 

Princes Hill Secondary College warmly invites parents, prospective parents and their children to visit the College on one of the following scheduled Wednesday and Thursday morning tours.

1. School Tours for Grade 6 students wishing to attend Princes Hill Secondary College in 2016 continue Wednesday and Thursday of the first 2 weeks in term 2.  Tours will begin at 9:00am, so if attending, please arrive by 8:50am. As these tours can fill up, it is important to book through the General Office on (03) 9389 0600.

Term 2

Thursday, April 16
     Wednesday, April 22     
Wednesday, April 29

Please note that these tours are for Grade 6 students and their guardians only. If you want to visit the school but your child is not in grade 6, the Information sessions are scheduled to occur on April 29th.

2. Information Sessions for Year 7 Intake 2016

  • Session 1: Wednesday April 29 at 4pm
  • Session 2: Wednesday April 29  at 7pm

These information sessions will be run on campus in the Theatre.

3. Enrolments 2016

Please click here for detailed information about Year 7 2016 Enrolment at PHSC


ATAR and Destination Data for Year 12 students

Princes Hill Secondary College is proud of the outstanding results achieved by the Yr 12 of 2014. We congratulate students and staff on their efforts, and parents and community for their support during the students’ six years at PHSC. Of all Victorian government secondary schools PHSC has maintained a position in the top 5% of government secondary schools when calculated by median study score and percentage of scores 40-plus(adjusted for schools with less than 20 students at year 12 level). PHSC is one of only two schools that are co-educational, open entry, and without a selective entry program in the top 16 government schools. In addition, PHSC runs a VCAL program to complement its VCE, providing the opportunity for all students to complete Year 12 in a program suited to their needs. PHSC is proud that we are able to offer such an inclusive program.
Of the group who completed a scored VCE (10 students did unscored) 26% achieved an ATAR of 90 or above (the state proportion is approximately 8%*). The top ATAR was 99.45. Four students achieved an ATAR over 99. 46% of students achieved an ATAR of 80 or more64% received an ATAR of 70 or more. The median ATAR for PHSC in 2014 was 79 (state 63.3).

Please click here to read the rest of this letter and to access details ATAR and Destination Data 2008-2014

 Margaret Fry


Middle School MS Art & Design Tech Exhibition





2015 Top Designs

Congratulations to PHSC student Noah Ellis (Year 12, 2014) on being selected to show his Media production at the 2015 Top Designs exhibition.


Noah's work is a hand drawn, etched and printed graphic novel titled 'Red Star, Black Cross', which "is based on an extract from the memoirs of Anna Timofeeva-Egorova. it details one of the experiences she has as the first woman to fly an IL-2 Sturmovik into action during World War II on the Eastern Front."

Top Designs showcases the work Victoria's best design students. It is held at the Melbourne Museum and runs from 22 March - 16 July 2015.



Philosophy: new discussion group

Mr Camilleri and Ms Ethell have decided, in response to student requests, to run a lunchtime discussion group on topics of philosophical interest, on Tuesday lunchtimes, beginning Term 2, in Room 318 if possible. They will be open to any interested student. We will take alternate weeks and are open to suggestions as to topics to be discussed.

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